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Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III to be charged with DUI resulting in death

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police has confirmed that on November 2nd at approximately 3:59 am that Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III was involved in a fiery car crash that killed one person.


The initial reports read as follows: “The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, officers responded to a traffic collision near the intersection of South Rainbow Boulevard and South Spring Valley Parkway, involving a Chevrolet Corvette and a Toyota Rav4. Responding officers located the Toyota on fire. Fire department personnel responded and located a deceased woman inside the Toyota. The preliminary investigation indicates the front of the Chevrolet collided with the rear of the Toyota. The driver of the Chevrolet, identified as 22-year-old Henry Rugs (sic) III, remained on scene and showed signs of impairment. He was transported to UMC hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Ruggs will be charged with DUI resulting in death. This is an on-going investigation."


The team released this statement as players started to return back to the facility after the bye week and prepare to play the (2-6) New York Giants this Sunday. "The Raiders are aware of an accident involving Henry Ruggs III that occurred this morning in Las Vegas. We are devastated by the loss of life and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim's family. We are in the process of gathering information and will have no further comment at this time."


Ruggs was the Raiders first round pick a season ago and was starting to become a major force in the offense. With 24 catches for 469 yards and two touchdowns, Ruggs' 19.5 yards per catch average is second in the NFL among pass-catchers with at least 20 receptions. In football terms him being away is a major loss.


Life as we know is much more bigger than the game of football and Ruggs has made a terrible mistake. Ruggs himself lost a childhood friend, Rod Scott, in a car accident in 2016, and Ruggs pays tribute to him by putting up three fingers to the heavens when he scores. Scott wore No. 3.


Las Vegas District Attorney Steve Wolfson said he is aware of the situation and will wait for the police investigation. Charges have yet to be filed. According to state law in Nevada conviction of drunk driving results in death carries a minimum of two years in state prison with a maximum of 20 years. Ruggs’ attorney has released a statement, saying he will investigate the crash. This is obviously a tragic story and adds more bad news to a Raiders team that have already dealt with so much off the field this season.


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